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Italy is the fourth largest economy in Europe. The country’s GDP is made up by the sectors agriculture (1.8%), industry  (25%), and services – trade, finance, transportation, tourism (73.1%).

In eco-innovation scoreboard index Italy presents quite a strong performance with respect to the other European countries, and it is the 9th ranked country in EU28. In particular, Italy excels with respect to the European average under the dimensions “Eco- innovation activities”, “Eco-innovation outputs”, “Resource efficiency outcomes” and “Socio- Economic outcomes”. However, the dimension “Eco-Innovation inputs” it is 25% lower than the EU average

Italy’s eco-innovation and circular economy development are characterised by the increase in recycling activities (e.g. in textile, mineral oil, packaging, construction waste, etc), strong R&D performance in water pollution abatement, waste management, and renewable energy areas, as well as by the initiatives in industrial symbiosis.

The still-low private and public R&D expenditures can be explained by the Italian industrial structure, which is mainly composed of small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and family businesses, which have only limited access to credit and often are not of a large enough scale to undertake R&D projects. Nevertheless, the country shows great potential for specialising in renewable energy technologies, which have been well supported by policies and regulations .

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MaterBi ® Biodgradeable plastic

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01 Mar 2011 Hits:7035 Italy

Oxygen – cargo scoote…

Oxygen – cargo scooters for fleet service (postal service etc.)

Oxygen, a spin-off from bicycle producer Atala established in 2000, produces fully electrical cargo scooters that are meant to serve predominantly fleet services in urban... Read more

01 Mar 2011 Hits:10158 Italy

Intesa Sanpaolo – Off…

Intesa Sanpaolo – Office and IT use - energy efficiency and environmental sustainability

Intesa SanPaolo Spa Bank, the second largest bank institute in Italy, operates an estimated number of 60,000 computers (data Intesa Sanpaolo 2009) within their central... Read more

01 Mar 2011 Hits:5985 Italy

Arendi – CdTe photovo…

Arendi – CdTe photovoltaic modules

The company Arendi was founded in 2004. Arendi is a start-up involved in the design, manufacturing, commissioning and management of a production line of photovoltaic... Read more

01 Mar 2011 Hits:8797 Italy

Microfinishing

Microfinishing

The project microfinishing "sustainable process of surface treatment of the porcelain gres" (LIFE02 ENV/IT/000052) was developed by the company Ceramica Fondovalle of Modena with the... Read more

01 Mar 2011 Hits:4865 Italy

Pomì trace - sistema …

The project objectives are to satisfy customers through the clear identification of actors, operative settings, involved skills and context of production. Identification of the specific... Read more

22 Mar 2012 Hits:4152 Italy

Wind generator "libel…

Taking advantage of the research on  lighter and more resistant materials, and new technology solutions,  a new concept of wind turbine has taken shape, more... Read more

22 Mar 2012 Hits:6034 Italy

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The innovation is an apartment building with Zero Thermal Consumption, designed to achieve excellence in terms of energy efficiency, comfort, reduction of costs and emissions... Read more

22 Mar 2012 Hits:3691 Italy

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“Al Mare in Treno”

An alternative to the classic model "driving holiday", opting for more sustainable solutions. Read more

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“Amesis”

“Amesis”

A new advanced model for estimation of surface solar irradiance from satellite. Read more

05 Dec 2012 Hits:2778 Italy

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